Carolyne Creel is currently the Acting Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Professional Development in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She has served as the Director of Social Studies, Coordinator of Assessment, and Professional Developer and as a social studies teacher at the Keystone Writing Institute. In addition to her work in Fort Worth, Creel served as the Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability at the Region XI Service Center. She has worked with over 80 districts and charter schools.
Creel holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (University of Arkansas), a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education (Texas A&M University) and Mid-Management Certification (University of Texas at Arlington). She is certified in Texas to teach Speech Communication and Social Sciences. Her extensive professional learning portfolio offerings include assessment alignment, depth of knowledge, curriculum design, professional learning communities, adult learning theory, coaching, cooperative learning, and social studies pedagogy.
Creel has presented at several major conferences including the Texas Council for Social Studies (The Story of Islam, 2005), the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Islam, 2004), and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (Understanding Islamic History, 2004).
Creel’s many honors include the Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year and the National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year.
Laura Ewing serves as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE). She has served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston Clear Lake in the subject of curricular methodology for kindergarten through grade 12 preservice teachers. Ewing has provided hundreds of workshops on content, teaching strategies, and methodology to teachers, parents, and university professors. Before working with TCEE, Ewing served as a social studies curriculum specialist. As a classroom instructor, she taught for 34 years, with most of her experience involving economics and government curricula.
She recently traveled to London, East Africa, and India to study Islamic history and culture as the guest of His Highness the Aga Khan as part of a program for social studies coordinators supported by the Texas legislature and jointly sponsored by the Aga Khan Developmental Network and The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the area ambassador for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonpartisan group that advocates for improving public education
Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education and a master’s in educational leadership. She has received several awards for her contributions to Texas social studies education and served two terms on the city council of Friendswood, Texas.